LAS VEGAS Doc Rivers leans toward the side of the bleachers. He isn't coming down. He'll be mobbed if he does, and he's just here at summer league for two games. Below him, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin mingle, Paul leaning up to joke with his new coach.
Eventually, Monty Williams appears from behind one of the curtains that at summer league games function as locker room doors. His Pelicans have just finished their first game as Pelicans, and Paul stops by to chat with his former coach.
Rivers yells over to say hello. Williams yells back. He and Paul are discussing the point guard's next contract, Williams jokes, and he suggests that Paul's current deal might have an opt-out clause after six months. All Rivers has to do is laugh.
Life is good for Doc Rivers. The scheduling gods of summer league have smiled upon him; he just watched his son, Austin, play a game, and his Clippers are next. Then Rivers is flying out; one day of games in Vegas enough.
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